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Presentation Proposal Guidelines

The Research Committee in cooperation with the Program Committee has prepared a set of guidelines to help potential presenters prepare presentation proposals for the Annual Conference. The guidelines identify the topics that reviewers look for when evaluating presentation proposals. The more of these topics you can address in your proposal abstract, the more fairly the reviewers will be able to evaluate your proposal.

IADMS is a diverse organization whose members come from a variety of backgrounds but share a common interest in promoting health and optimum performance among dancers. Our diversity is an asset in terms of providing a variety of perspectives from which to approach our shared purpose. However, it also means we may make different assumptions about what constitutes convincing evidence of effectiveness.

The guidelines include terminology chosen to communicate effectively with our diverse membership. Please review the descriptions to see where your presentation will fit best. If your presentation does not fit any of the categories, adapt the guidelines that come closest to fitting your presentation.

There are five types of presentations that are common at IADMS Annual Conferences. For further details about topics to include in your proposal, and formatting for each type of presentation, click on the heading title (link) below. You may print the outline or copy and paste it into a blank word-processing document that you can use to build your presentation abstract.

  • Intervention Research
    Intervention research includes studies in which researchers arrange (or follow) a systematic change in conditions to determine the effects on a physical capacity, skill, or performance important to dancers. Clinical and experimental research are the most common types of intervention research but other systematic efforts to measure the effects of an intervention, including intervention-based case studies and qualitative studies, may be included.
  • Descriptive Study
    Descriptive studies describe phenomena systematically to reveal patterns and connections that might otherwise go unnoticed. Descriptive studies include normative, epidemiological, and correlation studies, as well as non-intervention case studies and qualitative studies.
  • Conceptual Analysis
    Conceptual analyses involve speculating about connections that have yet to be confirmed with intervention research or descriptive studies. Conceptual analyses are often built around a review of the research literature related to the concept under consideration.
  • Practitioner Wisdom
    Teachers, physicians, clinicians, choreographers, and dancers are practitioners when they train, treat, and educate dancers. Practitioners who work with dancers extensively gain insights that may be instructive to others who work with dancers. This type of presentation allows experienced practitioners to share insights based on extensive experience.
  • Movement Session
    Movement sessions emphasize movement by the audience and essential aspects of the presentation are revealed through movement or other direct experience. Other experiential presentations (imaging, relaxation, etc.) may be included in this category.

We welcome suggestions for improving the guidelines and the supporting materials. Email your suggestions to the IADMS Research Committee (research with "IADMS Presentation Proposal Guidelines" on the subject line of your message.


International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (2008), section II.A
(PDFclick here to download this reference).

Revised 1 October 2009

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